Saint Lucia – Sankta Lucia

Tomorow (December 13th) is the great day: Saint Lucia – Sankta Lucia and in Sweden we eat this Lucia saffron buns – Lussekatter  

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Mulled wine – Glögg

Glögg is an essential part of the lead up to Christmas in Sweden with glögg parties are held throughout Advent. Indeed many Swedes attend two or three glögg parties every weekend in December! Glögg is the Swedish version of mulled wine, but it is not quite the same as mulled wine in other countries as... Continue Reading →

Jansson’s temptation – Janssons frestelse

This creamy potato and fish gratin is called Janssons frestelse in Swedish, which means Jansson’s temptation (apostrophes don't exist in Sweden). The origin of the dish is not entirely clear as there are are a couple of theories. One is that it was named for a food-loving opera singer from the early 1900s, called Mr Janzon (his... Continue Reading →

Lucia saffron buns – Lussekatter

Lussekatter (Lucia saffron buns) are eaten on December 13th to celebrate Lucia (the patron Saint of Light). December 13th was originally thought to be the shortest day of the year and is still the date chosen in Sweden to celebrate the return of lighter days. The celebrations are one of the highlights of the Swedish... Continue Reading →

Almond Madeleines – Madeleinekakor med mandel

Madeleinekakor med mandel (almond madeleines) are delightful little cakes with a lightly crisped outside and a soft squidgy centre. They go well with coffee, ice cream and other desserts. Although originally French they have become very popular in Sweden too. Ingredients 110 g (½ cup) unsalted butter 1 tbsp maple syrup or another dark syrup... Continue Reading →

Skånsk egg cake – Skånsk äggakaga

Äggakaga is a traditional dish originating from Skåne in southern Sweden. I think it is at its best served hot straight from the pan, but at one time it was made for farm labourers helping with the harvest in the autumn (fall) because it could be easily wrapped up and eaten in a field for lunch.... Continue Reading →

Isle of Hönö flatbread – Hönökaka

This is a very popular flatbread in Sweden, especially with children who love its light easy-eating texture that means it is almost like cake. Hönö is a small island off the west coast of Sweden, a short ferry ride from Gothenburg. Unlike most small islands it has a rising population, now topping 5000. It is... Continue Reading →

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